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“Great Food in a Charming Atmosphere”
Review of The Colington Cafe

The Colington Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: European, French
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Nestled off the beaten path in a Victorian house surrounded by 400 year-old oak trees, we are a local's favorite. Our seafood is brought in fresh daily, and we use locally grown ingredients.All the locals love our filet dishes as well as our large menu.All desserts are homemade. We are a family run restaurant with most of our staff having been with us for over 15 years.We do everything to make sure all of our customers leave happy.
Reviewed October 23, 2012

It would be hard to believe that there is a better restaurant in all of the Outer Banks. We had a lovely Sunday evening dinner in this charming old house with impeccable service, a well balanced wine list and fabulous food. Although small, you can't help but love the welcoming atmosphere of this place. Our waiter took an immediate personal interest in us from the moment we were seated to the fabulous desert. The special that night was a shrimp and grilled tuna combination over cheese grits with red eye gravy. Sounds like pretty down-home southern cuisine but the elegant presentation took it to a new level and the flavors were fabulous and definitely gourmet.. My husband was looking for beef after a weekend of seafood and proclaimed his steak perfect! Obviously adhering to the "fresh and local" rule this place is not to be missed. Be sure to make a reservation because even on a Sunday night every table was taken. although this was our first trip to OBX it will not be our last and the Colington Cafe will be on our list every time we come.

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Reviewed October 21, 2012

This is not the first time that we have eaten at Colington Cafe and it will not be the last. Over the years the food has been nothing less than great as well as the service.

Do not be fooled, even though the Victorian house looks very small, often great things come in small packages. The house and grounds are really fixed up really nice as seen on the web page.

You can view the menu ahead of time to get an idea of what you may like for dinner. It is really hard to recommend a specific dish since all have been very good. I tend to lean for the Fish Dujour while my wife likes the Pork Au Sherry.

The prices are very reasonable considering the quality of food and service. We would recommend that you obtain reservations early in the day as they can fill up rather fast leaving you little choice of sitting times.

It is no wonder that they consistently get #1 rating on Tripadvisor….we would have to agree.

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Reviewed October 16, 2012 via mobile

The restaurant is an old house. Food was a bit expensive but interesting specials and they are willing to alter meals (bigger or smaller size steaks). No liquor but do serve beer and wine. Interesting place

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Reviewed October 14, 2012

We went to the Collington Cafe during our October visit to Nags Head--only our second visit there, and had a fine dinner with excellent and efficient service. Hubby remembered the dinner from trip #1, and ordered the same dish--scallops and shrimp in a sherry cream sauce, and said it was as good as he remembered. I had a filet, done to the medium rare stage as requested. The mashed potatoes were REAL mashed potatoes. The only flaw in the two meals: the mixed veggies with my husband's dinner were flavored with spices that diminished rather than enhanced them--fortunately for me, I had requested broccoli instead, which arrived crisp and tasty--a little lemon juice for flavor and it was delicious. The restaurant decor is pleasant, and spotlessly clean. We felt welcome from the reservation phone call right through our dinner to the tasty dessert (creme brulee). (Do make a reservation, this is a busy and popular restaurant) We plan on another visit with our next trip to the beach. A nice restaurant for a special occasion.

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Reviewed October 13, 2012

It's romantic, it's lovely, it's delightful! Have returned here over several vacation & anniversary trips and never have been disappointed. The service is exceptional, especially in the shoulder seasons. The dining rooms feel homey, room, pretty & comfortable. And the food is wonderful! Wish it were closer to home...we'd be regulars. Worth looking for, off the main drag...you'll be glad you made the trip!

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